Caroline Aherne jokes she's "very special" having cancer three times

The award winning TV writer and actress Caroline Aherne, who is undergoing treatment for lung cancer related to a genetic form of the disease, joked about it being the third time she has faced the disease.

Aherne said: "My brother and I were born with cancer of the eyes, the retina, my mum told us only special people get cancer. I must be very special because I have had it in my lungs and bladder as well."

The Royle Family comedian gave a typically irreverent speech about her treatment and condition as she spoke to a gathering of 170 cancer patients, medics and carers at Manchester Town Hall for the launch of a new scheme to improve cancer care in the city.

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